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Dec 23, 2010

Todays workout and a Turkey Loaf

Before I start, I wanted everyone to know that I usually comment on your comments at the end of the day.  I try to post my blog in the morning before work(and right after running) and then sometime in the evening, I make comments so if your comment was a question, just go back to the day before and you should see my answer.

Thursday is always a longer workout for me.  I do my weights workout on the bowflex for about 30-40 minutes and then I did a 3 mile run.  I barely have enough time to warm up with a 3 mile run but that is what's on the Higdon schedule so I'm sticking to it.  Actually I get warmed up from lifting weights first I suppose.  I figured in my shortest run of the week in with the weights so it would not tire me out too much.  Today's run was really windy!  I always do my weights first.  "They"(who?) say that you should do what it more important to you first but I just cannot run 3 miles and then do weights.  I feel exhausted tired after my run and just cannot get myself to workout with weights after.  What do you do when you need to run and also lift weights on the same day?  Or do you only lift weights on days that you do no other exercise?  Or perhaps you don't lift weights?  One thing I can say for sure, lifting weights helped me lose weight when I wanted to.  Now I use it to keep my body tone.  Well, as tone as it's going to get after losing so much weight.  I feel like I have a jelly roll for a stomach.  I can feel those abs under it but will never be able to see them without surgery and that is never going to happen.

Also, here's a great dinner that my wife made the other day.  It's turkey Loaf from the American Heart Association cookbook that she cooks from religiously.  Very easy to make and tastes great and also good for more than one dinner too!  Good as leftovers as well.  This recipe serves 8.  I'm not a fan of meatloaf but I love this.  It's great with a good veggie sidedish and a salad.  Hope you try it and like it.

Vegetable Oil Spray(optional)
4 slices whole-wheat bread
1/4 cup fat-free milk
2 pounds lean ground turkey breast, skin discarded before grinding(we buy extra lean ground turkey to save us time - make sure it's extra lean though)
1 cup grated or finely chopped onion
1 cup canned no-salt-added stewed tomatoes, crushed, undrained
1 medium rib of celery, diced
1/2 medium red bell pepper, chopped
Egg substitute equivalent to 2 eggs, or 2 large eggs(we use egg substitute)
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon seeded and finely minced fresh jalapeno, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons no-salt-added ketchup

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly spray a 10 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch loaf pan with vegetable oil spray, or us a nonstick loaf pan.

In a food processor or blender, process the bread into fine crumbs.  Transfer to a shallow bowl.  Stir in the milk.  Let the crumbs soak for 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, gently but thoroughly stir together the remaining ingredients except the ketchup.

Drain the bread crumbs and squeeze out any excess milk to form a paste.  Stir into the turkey mixture.  Spoon into the loaf pan.  Spread the ketchup over the loaf.

Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour 30 minutes, or until cooked through.  Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

The best part - nutritional facts(I have a hard time eating things when I don't know what's in them):
calories 195; protein 31 g; carbohydrates 13 g(fiber 2g, sugars 5g); cholesterol 77 mg; total fat 1.5g(saturated 0.5g, polyunsaturated 0.5g, monounsaturated  0.5g); sodium 251 mg
Dietary exchange:  1/2 starch; 1 vegetable, 3 1/2 very lean meat

So there you have it.  Enjoy!
Turkey Loaf!

Have a great day and......Keep running!


  1. i've always lifted first then run. because, in my eye, the run is not the focus of the day. the lift is the quality workout so i want to make sure that my muscles can preform in such a manner. i suppose that if i were to run a hard run (tempo or something) on a day i lifted then the run would come first. and i think the athletes in my school always lifted post-practice.

    then again it's been ages since i've picked up a weight so who am i to say something! ;)

  2. I haven't done weights in a LONG time, but am going to start a pushup regimen after the New Year. In the old days I enjoyed (?) doing embedded workouts - run/lift/run, read that it allows for more gains in both strength and running.

  3. I always run first particularly if it is a short run. That way I am always warmed up for my lifting workout. If I have a longer run planned for a lifting day then I will do it during my lunch hour and then will lift after work. My warm up for lifting then is usually rowing.

  4. I almost always run first, then lift. However, every once in a while I do it in reverse and the strange thing is, I tend to have really good runs afterwards. Who knows?

    Love turkey meatloaf!

  5. I struggle with strength training at all because I truly hate it and all I want to do is run. However, I know that doing it will help me to be a better runner and lose weight at the same time. So I've been making more of an effort lately...and I do it before I run.
    That turkey loaf looks great, and actually very Christmasy! I'm going to try it. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. It's hard to run in the wind! Turkey looks great.
    When I used to go to the gym regularly (6 mornings a week) on my run days I would run first and then do weights

  7. I worry that I'll never get the flat stomach I used to have back. I haven't had kids...but I put on a ton of weight. It's my own fault...but I keep trying to get it back. :-)

    If I run at the gym, I usually lift right after running. If I run outside or at home, I usually have to find another time to lift. I can't find the motivation to do it after a run, and I hate doing it first....something about lifting before my body is warmed up. :-)

  8. theres two kinds of people:
    those who live to eat, and
    those who love to eat.
    I am on the spectrum somewhere closer to 'love to eat' - love the turkey loaf!

  9. I do some weights after my short run. I can't imagine trying to run after. I usually use the machines after I do a short 3-5 mile run on the TM.

  10. I have never tried weights. I definitely need to go to a gym and start a routine! I'd prolly have to run one day and weight train another, it's sounds tough trying to do it in the same day!

  11. Wow - many of you do weights before. Maybe I'll give it a try that was sometime as well!

  12. That looks awesome! :)

    I like to run first and then lift, because if I do a workout and I'm not sweating and shaking and ready to puke, I feel like it was a waster. If I run first, I feel like crap the whole workout and don't feel that I've wasted my time. Stupid? Yeah. :)